Today, people across the northeast are locked down in their homes waiting out the wrath of Winter Storm Stella. From Virginia to Maine, schools and businesses are shuttered, highways are closed, and all flights into and out of the area are suspended. Blizzard advisory warnings have been issued in nine different states, and the unrelenting mix of heavy snow and frozen rain, rapidly accumulating ice, and gale force winds ensure that nobody here is going anywhere anytime soon.Stella may have messed with your plans today, but there’s no reason to let the storm get you down. Make a cup of hot cocoa, wrap yourself in a blanket, and turn your Stella Blues into Stella Bliss with this video of The Grateful Dead‘s entrancing rendition of “Stella Blue” from their October 17th, 1974 performance at the Winterland Arena in San Francisco, CA (courtesy of YouTube user friscobay01):The beautiful performance of the Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter tune came as part of the Grateful Dead’s acclaimed five-night run at the Winterland Arena which marked the beginning of a two-year hiatus from touring. As with all the band’s performances in 1974, the show featured Owsley “Bear” Stanley‘s storied “Wall of Sound” PA system, which delivered particularly visceral audio quality. The shows were immortalized in 1976 in the form of The Grateful Dead Movie, a fascinating relic of one of the band’s most storied eras. You can listen to the whole show below via archive.org user Jonathan Aizen:
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Facebook14Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Board of CommissionersOn Tuesday, the Thurston County Board of Commissioners recognized Scott Davis, P.E., Thurston County Public Works Department’s Traffic Engineering and Operations Section Manager, for being named the 2018 David P. Brand Safety Award recipient—a prestigious lifetime achievement award from the National Association of County Engineers.For more than 20 years, Davis has worked to protect Thurston County residents and visitors by enhancing roadway safety for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians. Davis developed a systemic roadway safety plan for Thurston County that uses an analysis of collision data and roadway surface conditions when prioritizing safety projects. These projects include enhanced roadway illumination through LED street lights, use of rumble strips to alert drivers when they are drifting off the roadway, traffic islands to narrow travel lanes and reduce speeding, and high friction roadway surface treatments to reduce skidding.“Thurston County is fortunate to have Scott as a member of our team,” says Bud Blake, Chair of the Board of County Commissioners for Thurston County. “His expertise in local roadway safety is critical to our mission of ensuring the safety and well-being of the County’s many residents and visitors on the roads.”Davis works closely with many community groups and local regulatory agencies to pilot innovative roadway safety technologies and construct more safety-focused pedestrian improvements through federal grant funding. To date, his efforts have resulted in more than $7 million in additional federal dollars to support roadway safety in Thurston County.The recent improvements made along the walking route to Lydia Hawk Elementary is an example of Davis’ commitment to public safety. In collaboration with Safe Kids Thurston County and the Washington State Department of Transportation, the Public Works Department was awarded $1.6 million to construct expanded sidewalks, additional crosswalks, traffic islands, and roundabouts in the Tanglewilde neighborhood.“Some impacts, such as the work of Mr. Davis, are so critical they can be difficult to quantify,” says Danielle King, Coordinator of Safe Kids Thurston County. “There is success in the quiet – the ‘no news’ of pedestrian and transportation safety – where there was once danger. The impact of the Safe Kids Thurston County program would not be felt so greatly in our community if not for the commitment and passion Scott brings to each of our projects.”For more information about County road and safety projects, visit: http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/publicworks/projects.html
The Nelson Rhythm Ropers consistently travel the world in search of competition.This weekend the world, well team from throughout the province, flock to the Heritage City to compete in the 2011 B.C. and Yukon Provincial Skipping Championships.Seven teams from the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and South Okanagan will be at the L.V. Rogers Gymnasium to compete for the grand prize — a spot in the Canadian National Skipping Championships later this year in Calgary.The festivities begin Friday at the LVR Hangar with the opening ceremonies.The competition heats up Saturday with team events in speed and power trials as well as freestyle group routines.Sunday the provincial competition concludes with individual events with the top eight finishers securing a trip to Cowtown.
Jet Airways76 AirlineOld Safety Rating New Safety rating Air India 76 Air India Express43 AirAsia India54 The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has downgraded India’s aviation safety ranking according to the Reuters News agency.This means that Indian airlines cannot increase flights to the US and face additional checks for existing flights.The FAA has downgraded India to Category 2 from Category 1. Jet Airways and Air India operate flights from India to the US. AirlineRatings.com has downgraded all Indian airlines by one star.The FAA conducts the International Aviation Safety Assessment Program (IASA), assessing the civil aviation authority of any country whose airlines operating to the US.India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) warned early in January that the country could be downgraded.The FAA completed an audit of the DGCA’s oversight of Indian airlines in September and found 33 deficiencies.However by December the DGCA had only implemented and closed 26 of the recommendations.One of the main concerns from the audit was the lack of flight operations inspectors. The FAA expressed considerable concern surrounding this issue. SpiceJet54 GoAir76 IndiGo54 Jet Konnect76 Air India Regional54
Various industry sectors have organised themselves into export councils to tackle the global marketplace as collective forces. Export councils are promoted and supported by the DTI as they help exporters develop strategies, and reach their target markets as well as meet their export targets.The DTI provides financial support to many export councils, which are run by executives appointed by participating firms.Industries with export councils include the automotive, electrotechnics, wire, stainless steel, aluminium, flower, wine, cosmetics, crafts, ceramics and textiles sectors.The export council approach is specifically tailored to facilitate access to DTI support structures by small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs). The SMME Export Council acts as an entry point for first-time exporters; while the Arts and Crafts Export Council specifically supports rural community projects, helping artists and crafters gain access to international markets.See the DTI’s directory of South Africa’s export councils, industry associations and joint action groups.The main details of the list are as follows:Export councilsNational Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SA: www.naamsa.co.zaBuilt Environment Professions Export Council: www.bepec.co.zaCapital Equipment Export Council: www.saceec.comFresh Produce Exporters Forum/ Fruit South Africa: www.fpef.co.zaSA Boatbuilders Export Council: www.sabbex.co.zaSA Cosmetics Export Council: www.cecosa.co.zaSA Electrotechnical Export Council: www.saeec.org.zaSA Flower Industry Council: www.saflower.co.zaSA Footwear & Leather Export Council: www.saflec.co.zaSA International Steel Fabricators: www.isf.co.zaTextile Industry Export Council: www.satiec.co.zaSA Wire Business Council: www.sawa.co.zaWines of South Africa: www.wosa.co.zaSteel Tube Export Council: www.astpm.co.zaIndustry associationsAluminium Federation of SA: www.afsa.org.zaPlastics Federation of SA: www.plasticsinfo.co.zaSA Dairy Foundation: Tel +27 (0)12 348-5345SA Aerospace Maritime & Defence Industries Association: www.amd.org.zaSA Iron & Steel Institute: www.saisi.co.zaSA Print & Packaging Federation: www.pifsa.orgStainless Steel Business Council: www.sassda.co.zaJoint action groupsMeat Exporters of SA: www.samic.co.zaJewellery Council of SA: www.jewellery.org.zaSA.info reporterReviewed: 6 August 2012Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now If you want to be a leader, there is no better place to start than in sales. The attributes and skills you need to develop to become a leader are required of you as a salesperson. Including the need to understand business, generate revenue, and build a profitable business.Understanding What Other People WantSelling is the act of helping people get what they want or need. To do that you have to understand what people want. What you need to know and understand is all contained inside your prospective client’s mind. You have to know how to gain access to their thinking.To sell well it helps to have a deep understanding of human psychology. It also helps to be empathetic and to care about other people, both of which eliminate the self-orientation that destroys sales.Understanding what people want and need and connecting with them will help you become a better leader.Creating a Case for ChangeSometimes people don’t know what they want or what they need. Other times, perhaps more often, people don’t want to do what they need to do or what they need to do to achieve better results.Much of the time selling means helping people develop a case for change and the commitment to do something different than they are doing now. In sales, this often requires an investment of money. But it also requires an investment of time and emotional energy. Change isn’t easy.If you want to be a leader, you are by definition an agent of change. Selling will help you become a more effective agent.Creating a Compelling Vision of the FutureWhat salespeople sell is a future state. They sell outcomes that aren’t presently being achieved. To do that, they create a compelling vision of the future that pulls the prospective client towards it.This is also what leaders do. They develop and share a compelling vision of the future they are leading the people and organization in their charge towards.A leader has to sell that vision. He has to convince others that it is the right future, and that is worth their investment of time and energy.Building ConsensusLeaders make decisions. But they don’t make those decisions alone. They build consensus among the leadership team and among the people on whose support they will depend if they are going to generate that future state.A salesperson must be able to bring people together around a common goal, mitigating any damage the change might cause some members, and asking people to set aside what they want for the greater good.Leadership is about more than making decisions. It’s about making decisions stick, and executing once they are made. That requires consensus.Accountability for ResultsThere are varied ideas about what is the most important thing a leader does. Many people say it’s vision. Others say it’s moral authority. If you had ten people in a room you would have eleven opinions on what makes a good leader. For my money, leadership boils down to accountability for a certain set of results.Salespeople are accountable for producing the results they sell. They are accountable for the outcomes they promise their clients. And this, for me, is the essence of leadership: accountability. It’s stepping up and taking responsibility for producing a set of outcomes, something successful salespeople routinely do.If you want to be a leader, sales is the perfect place to begin honing the attributes and skills you will need.
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TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan director Maldini jumps to defence of coach Giampaoloby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan director Paolo Maldini has lept to the defence of coach Marco Giampaolo after defeat to Fiorentina.The Rossonero were thumped 3-1 at home on Sunday.“We chose the Coach, we will defend him, it is right to give him some time. We knew there were some problems that we’d run into, although obviously we didn’t expect to lose four of the first six games, but also the quality of the football is unsatisfactory,” Maldini told Sky Sport Italia.“Right now, it might look like a tunnel with no light, but as our Coach said, the way out is with hard work. We knew that relying on a young squad, during the period when we are waiting for the Coach to really become a leadership figure, there could be a risk of the pressure getting to them.“Of course, it is the fault of the players, the club, the Coach, everyone. Last season, we finished one point off the Champions League places and they always supported us.“I think the fans were right this evening to protest. The responsibility is to be shared around, otherwise it becomes too much of a burden to bear.“We are only six rounds in, all is not lost. We know that in football, situations can turn rapidly. The worrying thing is that we saw such a downturn in performance from the Torino game on Thursday.“It’s strange, because we played very well during pre-season and showed good organisation. There started to be some traffic in the central area of the field, causing some tactical problems and difficulty in moving the ball around.”
clemson fans orange bowl ticketsClemson, the No. 1 seed in the upcoming College Football Playoff, hasn’t had the chance to play for a national title in a very long time. As such, we imagine that the gift you’ll see below is a popular one in Tigers fans’ homes Friday morning.The Piedmonts apparently came up with a clever way to give a member of the family her Christmas present. When she opened an orange bowl, it signified that she’d be attending next week’s Orange Bowl contest between Clemson and Oklahoma. Of course, tears flowed.The video was posted by Greg Piedmont on YouTube. Check it out:Will there be more tears of joy after a win? We’ll find out in less than a week.
HONG KONG – Danish toy maker Lego says it has won a major legal victory in China, where a court ruled in its favour in a copyright case against companies making knockoffs of its famous colored bricks.The company said Thursday that it was the first time it has won an unfair competition case against imitators in China.It said the Shantou Intermediate People’s Court ruled that two Chinese companies selling Bela brand blocks similar to the Lego Friends line infringed a copyright and ordered them to stop.The court issued its ruling in September but the decision didn’t take effect until November.Earlier this year, a Beijing court ruled that Lego’s name and logo are well-known trademarks in China, giving the company stronger legal footing for pursuing copyright cases.